Invasion of Light

Discovering God's Glory One Day at a Time

Month: March, 2018

To Infinity & Beyond

New York Morning Thought: Yesterday, my brother bought a brand new car, an Infiniti. This thing is quite amazing. You can start it with your iPhone, prewarm the interior and enter at your convenience. Great for a cold climate. It even warms the steering wheel; I’ve never seen anything like it. And I was the first passenger as the odometer rolled from twelve to twenty miles. When I opened Ephesians this morning, I repeatedly saw the phrase ‘in Christ.’ It’s in Christ that we have every spiritual blessing. Christ is like a new vehicle, a self-driving car that never crashes. When you are in him and let him do the driving, you’ll get to the right destination. There’s great power and reward in getting in him, closing the door and resting. Jesus is the real Infinity, the Alpha and Omega, who never stops and is unstoppable. Live in him today. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians‬ ‭1:3‬, ‭NASB‬‬).

Don’t Let Death Define You

New York Morning Thought: Coming back home to New York is bittersweet. It’s sweet because I see my family and friends. It’s bitter because I no longer see my mom. Death affects us all and the longer you live the more you experience it. Yet, we must be careful not to develop a culture of death––to be defined by death and let death poison our life. Fear of death and the grief of death can keep us from truly living. As I turned to the Bible early this morning, I read about God’s remedy: his Spirit. Jesus has given us his Spirit––the Spirit of life––and his Spirit enables us to live. Where the Spirit is present there is life, freedom, hope, joy and transformation. When the Spirit is Lord, death is defeated. Death no longer pulls you down. Instead, the Spirit causes you to rise above death’s gravity like a plane soars above dark clouds. Today, don’t allow death, or even the fear of death to rob you from living. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:17-18,‬ ‭NASB‬‬).

Triumphant Victory

Morning Thought: Passover is a new beginning. Later this week Passover begins and I hear God saying he will restore and refresh his people. He desires for us to recover the joy of our salvation. Remember your deliverance. Remember Jesus’ bread and cup. I hear him saying, “I will do new things in my people during this season. You will see my triumphant victory over the forces of darkness and stubborn hearts. What I will do will be known for generations. And I will make my people glad.” In the chapter on Passover Moses says, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you” (‭‭Exodus‬ ‭12:2‬, ‭NASB‬‬). David also prays, “Make glad the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul” (Psalms‬ ‭86:4‬, NASB).

The Warmth of the Kingdom (Audio Message)

My last message on Philippians!

https://brisbanefire.com/messages/the-warmth-of-the-kingdom

Perfection vs. Perfectionism

Morning Thought: The perfection of heaven is not the perfection of perfectionism. Instead, after Jesus’ resurrection, he still bears his wounds. Also, in the heavenly throne room of Revelation 5, Jesus still looks like a lamb slain. Heaven is the glorification of the broken. The redeemed have scars, but the beauty of Christ’s life and healing shines through them. We are like stained glass windows: shattered glass artfully crafted. Now his light in all its multifaceted colour shines through us. “And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth” (‭‭Revelation‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭NASB‬‬).

Kintsugi

Morning Thought: Kintsugi is a Japanese art that takes broken pottery and bonds it with a golden lacquer. Once the work is finished, it’s more beautiful than its original form. The vessel’s scars are now filled with glistening gold. When God restores your life, he makes it more glorious than before. He does not just glue back the pieces, he transforms you into his masterpiece. Wounds are not removed, but instead, filled with priceless treasure. “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners” (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:1,‬ ‭NASB‬‬).

Giving and Receiving

Morning Thought: Paul praised the Philippians for sharing in the ministry of ‘giving and receiving.’ He put ‘giving’ first because it is more blessed to give than receive. Yet, receiving is important too. Paul marries ‘giving and receiving’ together. If you give, you will receive. Jesus gave everything on the cross and received an eternal Kingdom. Put giving into practice today and watch God open the windows of heaven over you. Paul writes, “When I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only…And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:15, 19‬, NIV‬‬).

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